We are international

A message to students from around the world as part of the #WeAreInternational campaign

The University of Central Lancashire is a thriving international community which gives people from all over the world the opportunities they need to succeed in education, at work and for life.

You’ll be joining a global university with a global vision. We welcome thousands of new students every year – today we’re home to more than 38,000 students and colleagues from over 100 countries, creating a vibrant, multicultural environment which enriches every aspect of campus life. During your time with us you’ll engage in unforgettable learning experiences and exciting social opportunities with ambitious people from every corner of the globe.

Imagine collaborating on a state-of-the-art engineering project alongside leading academics and students from multiple continents, each bringing with them a unique perspective.

Imagine sitting in our new Student Centre in the heart of Preston and enjoying lively conversations about art, sport, politics, religion and cultural quirks with people who’ve had incredible first-hand experiences in distant lands.

Imagine sitting in a history class and hearing about how world events have had a direct impact on your classmates’ own life experiences.

Imagine embarking on journeys across time zones to immerse yourself in another culture, engage in a research project, study at a partner institution, or go on a work placement with a global organisation.

"This is a place where international students thrive and go on to make a real difference in the world."

At UCLan you don’t have to just imagine these things. All these opportunities are here for you to grab hold of. We encourage all our students to be ‘global citizens’ and during your time with us you’ll benefit from exciting, life-enhancing experiences which extend far beyond the confines of our campus.

We believe that a collaborative approach to innovation and research on a global scale is key to solving the challenges our planet faces and creating a better world for us all. This is a place where international students thrive and go on to make a real difference in the world. The work our graduates are engaged in is having a positive impact far and wide – in our local communities, all over the UK, and on the other side of the planet.

We are international.

We see you joining our global community.


"Here at UCLan, we pride ourselves on the diverse and welcoming nature of all our campuses. This environment enables our international students to thrive on both an academic and personal level. As part of the #WeAreInternational campaign, we’re celebrating the many achievements of our students from around the world, past and present.

"What does it mean to be ‘international’ in 2023? For me, having a global outlook leads to opportunities, connections, adventures, learning and empathy. These things are reflected in everything we do. Our commitment to welcoming international students and preparing them for future success is stronger than ever."

Thomas Whittaker
International Student Recruitment Manager